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Dairy, Cattle Farmers Worry New Food Guide will Hurt Business

14 January 2019

CANADA - When beef farmers across New Brunswick Meet, they usually direct their attention to the latest weather conditions. These days they're concerned about Canada's Food Guide.

The food guide is getting its first major facelift since 2007, and recommendations that Canadians eat less red meat and fewer saturated fats worry the farmers.

"They feel discouraged that they would see Canada's Food Guide go away from something that would be such a healthy choice," said Trevor Welch, a director of the New Brunswick Cattle Producers board and president of the Canadian Angus Association.

"It's our food of choice for a celebration."

Draft versions of the food guide were released in 2017, proposing a shift to more plant-based foods, "without necessarily excluding animal foods altogether."

But in addition to recommending a diet with fewer processed foods, a draft also recommends less red meat and fewer foods containing saturated fat.

Mr Welch said many farmers in the province are concerned about such changes because their livelihood depends on beef sales.

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